Taking account for compaction??

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by KrayzKajun, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,168

    yes and future lifts will be added to yours. However if your lifts are not to spec than the entire compaction can fail. I am not trying to make more out of this than is there, only to point out how seemingly benign issues can become larger ones. At least add a stipulation in your contract that you are not responsible for compaction.
  2. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    Here the soils compaction rate is tested and some soils just will not work.
  3. excav8ter

    excav8ter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    700 yards of material at an average of 19"? I would not hesitate to use my TL130 to spread the material and compact it. We do it frequently here. A TL130 with 12" tracks, a full bucket of sand and track pack the material in 10"-12" lifts. We regularly get 95-97% density.

    Kajun, did you buy a track loader yet? I'd use that to do this job.....
  4. GVL LLC

    GVL LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    if were you I wouldnt bother renting a dozer. You could just use your tractor and a skid with you and another guy operating both at the same time and compacting it in 6 inch lifts and it wouldnt take very long doing it this way and the job would be done right. Maybe just rent a bigger skid if you dont feel like yours is big enough. Clay soils will compact fairly easily from just running it over numerous times and then doing a final grading at the end
  5. tbi

    tbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 493

    I would like to see you compact granular material to 95% with a skidsteer track before I buy that one.
  6. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    I agree. It really does make a difference.
  7. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    Are you getting the fill for free?
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  8. treemover

    treemover LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    Overfill dump truck and packed it in that way. Works great
  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,557

    Or even a dozer. Dozers don't have much ground pressure.

    Its hard to beat a sheep foot roller. Or even a skid attachment like Cornell has
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  10. excav8ter

    excav8ter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    Give it a try sometime. You may be surprised. We don't do it that way all the time....but for a foot or so, it's usually not a problem. And yes, we have it tested for density.
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